Nigeria: 20 Million Nigerians Infected With Hepatitis Virus-FG

About 20 million Nigerians are infected with the Hepatitis B and C virus in Nigeria, Community Health physician Dr Chukwuma Anyaike has said. Dr Anyaike who is the Head Prevention, Department of Public Health at the Federal Ministry of Health stated this at a one-day stakeholders’ advocacy workshop on Viral Hepatitis awareness organised by the Yakubu Gowon Foundation in Abuja.This means one in every 12 Nigerians is infected with the Hepatitis B or C, he said.He said: “Viral Hepatitis is a very big public health issue in Nigeria. By the work Federal Ministry of Health has done, we have 20 million Nigerians living with Hepatitis B and C and they are at the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver and cancer of the liver. Most importantly, these ones are living in the communities and they are not aware of it and in the same process, they are transferring the infection to other people in the community.”

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